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    • The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: George Newbern
    • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 171
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 160

    The brilliant new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin centres on three generations of the Mandible family as a fiscal crisis hits a near-future America. It is 2029. The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down when their 97-year-old patriarch dies. Yet America's soaring national debt has grown so enormous that it can never be repaid. Under siege from an upstart international currency, the dollar is in meltdown.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • A dreary disappointment

    • By Linda on 07-06-16

    Regular price: £14.49

    • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 448
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 297
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 299

    Kevin Khatchadourian killed several of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a teacher, shortly before his 16th birthday. He is visited in prison by his mother, Eva, who narrates in a series of letters to her estranged husband, Franklin, the story of Kevin's upbringing. A successsful career woman, Eva is reluctant to forgo her independence and the life she shares with Franklin to become a mother.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • We need to talk about Kevin

    • By Jacky on 21-09-06

    Regular price: £11.89

    • The Standing Chandelier: A Novella

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Lionel Shriver
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    When Weston Babansky receives an extravagant engagement present from his best friend (and old flame), Jillian Frisk, he doesn't quite know what to make of it - or how to get it past his fiancée. Especially as it's a massive, handmade, intensely personal sculpture that they'd have to live with forever. As the argument rages about whether Jillian's gift was an act of pure platonic generosity or something more insidious, battle lines are drawn....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The complexities of sex and friendship dissected

    • By Wras on 13-04-18

    Regular price: £6.99

    • Property: A Collection

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Lionel Shriver
    • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    The first ever story collection from the inimitable Lionel Shriver. This landmark publication, the first collection of stories from a master of the form, explores the idea of 'property' in both senses of the word: real estate and stuff. These sharp, brilliantly imaginative pieces illustrate how our possessions act as proxies for ourselves and how tussles over ownership articulate the power dynamics of our relationships. In Shriver’s world, we may possess people and objects and places, but in turn they possess us.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Love Lionel but not as a narrator

    • By Mrs C. on 29-05-18

    Regular price: £14.49

    • The Post-Birthday World

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Helen Johns, Lionel Shriver - author's note
    • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Irina McGovern's destiny hinges on a single kiss. Whether she gives into its temptation will determine whether she stays with her reliable partner, Lawrence, or runs off with Ramsey, a hard-living snooker player. Employing a parallel universe structure, Shriver spins Irina's competing futures with two drastically different men. An intellectual and fellow American, Lawrence is clever and supportive but rigid and emotionally withdrawn. A British celebrity, Ramsey is passionate and spontaneous but jealous and undereducated.

    Regular price: £26.99

    • A Perfectly Good Family

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    After having escaped for years to London, Corlis McCrea returns to the grand Reconstruction mansion where she grew up in North Carolina, now willed to the three grown children following the death of their parents. All three want the house. Fiscal necessity dictates that two must buy a third out. Just as she was torn as a girl, the sister must choose between her decent younger brother and the renegade eldest - the black sheep who covets his legacy in order to destroy it.

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Big Brother

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Alice Rosengard
    • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 98
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 88

    When Pandora picks up her older brother, Edison, at her local Iowa airport, she literally doesn’t recognize him. The once slim, hip New York jazz pianist has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened? Soon Edison’s slovenly habits, appalling diet, and know-it-all monologues are driving Pandora and her fitness-freak husband Fletcher insane. After the brother-in-law has more than overstayed his welcome, Fletcher delivers his wife an ultimatum: It’s him or me. Rich with Shriver’s distinctive wit and ferocious energy, Big Brother is about fat: why we overeat and whether extreme diets ever really work.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The foundations of obesity dissected

    • By Kirstine on 28-05-13

    Regular price: £14.49

    • So Much for That

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    The extraordinary new novel from the Orange Prize winning author of ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’.What do you pack for the rest of your life?Shepherd Knacker is bored with his humdrum existence. He's sold his successful handy-man business for a million dollars and is now ready to embark on his 'Afterlife' - a one way ticket to a small island off the coast of Africa. He tries to convince his wife Glynis to come with him, but she laughs off the idea as preposterous.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Dreary

    • By Paula on 07-11-10

    Regular price: £16.99

    • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    • A Novel
    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
    • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

    Regular price: £31.39

    • BBC National Short Story Award 2013 (5 Shortlisted titles)

    • By: Sarah Hall, Lisa Blower, Lionel Shriver, and others
    • Narrated by: Andrea Riseborough, Rebekah Staton, Nancy Crane, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    The five titles shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2013, administered in partnership with BookTrust. Contains: Mrs Fox by Sarah Hall read by Andrea Riseborough, Barmouth by Lisa Blower read by Rebekah Staton, Prepositions by Lionel Shriver read by Nancy Crane, Notes from the House of Spirits by Lucy Wood read by Hattie Morahan, We Are Watching Something Terrible Happening by Lavinia Greenlaw read by Claire Skinner.

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Game Control

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
    • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      1 out of 5 stars 1

    Eleanor Merritt, a do-gooding American family-planning worker, was drawn to Kenya to improve the lot of the poor. Unnervingly, she finds herself falling in love with the beguiling Calvin Piper despite, or perhaps because of, his misanthropic theories about population control and the future of the human race. Surely, Calvin whispers seductively in Eleanor's ear, if the poor are a responsibility, they are also an imposition.

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The Post-Birthday World

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    It all hinges on one kiss. Whether Irina McGovern does or does not lean in to a specific pair of lips in London will determine whether she stays with her disciplined, intellectual partner Lawrence or runs off with Ramsey, a hard-living snooker player. Using a parallel universe structure, we follow Irina's life as it unfolds under the influence of two drastically different men.

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Will the Left Survive the Millennials?

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Barbara Benjamin-Creel
    • Length: 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    "Will the Left Survive the Millennials?" is from the September 22, 2016 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Lionel Shriver and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.

    Regular price: £0.99

    • The Female of the Species

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Paul Birchard, Lionel Shriver - author's note
    • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Still unattached and childless at 59, world-renowned anthropologist Gray Kaiser is seemingly invincible - and untouchable. Returning to make a documentary at the site of her first great triumph in Kenya, she is accompanied by her faithful middle-aged assistant, Errol McEchern, who has loved her for years in silence. When young graduate assistant Raphael Sarasola arrives on the scene, Gray is captivated and falls hopelessly in love - before an amazed Errol's eyes.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A rambling emotive story

    • By Neozoe on 27-07-17

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Ordinary Decent Criminals

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Melanie MacHugh
    • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    From the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin comes a bold and savage story of the intersection of politics and human relationships, set in turbulent Northern Ireland. Having abandoned Philadelphia for the life of an international nomad, Estrin Lancaster has a taste for hot spots. She now finds herself in Belfast, a city scarred by twenty years of ritualised violence. As the former purveyor of his own bomb-disposal service, Farrell O'Phelan courts the company of destruction.

    Regular price: £16.99

    • A Perfectly Good Family

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Following the death of her worthy liberal parents, Corlis McCrea moves back into her family's grand Reconstruction mansion in North Carolina, willed to all three siblings. Her timid younger brother has never left home. When her bullying black-sheep older brother moves into "his" house as well, it's war.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing from such a good writer

    • By Jennifer on 15-05-13

    Regular price: £27.49

    • Double Fault

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward
    • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    'Love me, love my game,' says professional tennis player Willy Novinsky at 23. Tennis has been Willy's one love - until she meets the uncannily confident Eric Oberdorf. Low-ranked but untested, Eric, too, aims to make his mark on the international tennis circuit. They marry. But their life together soon grows poisoned by full-tilt competition over which spouse can rise to the top first. Willy discovers that her perfect partner may also prove her most devastating opponent.

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The New Republic

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Edgar Kellogg has always yearned to be popular. Bored rigid by his pedestrian life as a solicitor, Edgar decides to risk everything on trying to make it as a journalist. When he’s offered the post of foreign correspondent in Barba - a Portuguese backwater that has sprouted a terrorist movement - Edgar leaps at the chance to replace a blowhard called "Barrington Saddler" who’s disappeared. But the more Edgar learns about his posting, and his larger-than-life predecessor, the more he realizes that it’s not Barban terrorism he’s covering; it’s Barrington Saddler.

    Regular price: £14.49

    • Double Fault

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Tennis has been Willy Novinsky's one love ever since she first picked up a racquet at the age of four. A middle-ranked pro at 23, she's met her match in Eric Oberdorf, a low-ranked Princeton grad who also intends to make his mark on the international tennis circuit. Eric becomes Willy's first passion off the court, and eventually they marry. But while wedded life begins well, competition soon puts a strain on their relationship - and an accident sends Willy sliding irrevocably toward resentment, tragedy, and despair.

    Regular price: £27.49

    • Checker and the Derailleurs

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
    • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    He has that thing that they'd all pay for but can't buy: onstage and off, the 19-year-old rock drummer Checker Secretti is electric. When he plays with his band, The Derailleurs, the natives of Astoria, Queens, clamour for a piece of him. But charisma comes at a price. A Salieri to Checker's Mozart, the fiercely envious fellow drummer Eaton Striker is eager to sow discord among the Derailleurs, that he might replace the exasperatingly popular goody-goody in the close-knit neighbourhood's affections.

    Regular price: £12.99

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